On Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. people around the world and right here in the Okanagan and Similkameen will go outside and ring a bell or sound-maker for two minutes to spread Christmas cheer for Santa to hear.
The idea behind the Christmas Eve cheer comes all the way from Mary Beggs-Reid in England. She took to Facebook and created the “Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle” requesting that people stand on their doorsteps and ring bells in an effort to help Santa’s sleigh come through and to keep the Christmas spirit alive during this challenging time.
Already her Facebook page has children in England and New Zealand ringing their bells on Christmas Eve as they celebrate much earlier than we do.
|These kids from Scotland have already rung their bells for the 6 p.m. worldwide Christmas Eve Cheer. (Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle Facebook page)|
“It’s an event that can’t be cancelled due to COVID or can’t be cancelled due to whatever tier you’re in or lock-down,” said Beggs-Reid on Facebook.
Here in Penticton, local Barbara Langston and neighbours are rallying to bring the 6 p.m. cheer. She along with Lorrie Nelson have taken to Penticton Facebook pages to ask people to participate in the Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle.
Okanagan’s unofficial Town Crier Bruce Klippenstein, and Mrs. Town Crier are also getting involved.
They will doing their Ring a Bell for Santa Cry at 5:58 p.m. in Peachland at 13th and Beach.
So if you hear bells ringing at 6 p.m., it’s your cue to get out there and bring some cheer to your neighbourhood this year and get on Santa’s nice list! Merry Christmas.
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